EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation

Public Infrastructure and Economic Development (2017)

Project Details

Co-Learning Plan - 2017

Author: Dayne Walling, 21Performance


This project will complete an analysis of federal, state, and local policies that have been effective in directing infrastructure investments for economic development purposes. The policies will be compared by the geographic context, program criteria, effects on equity, efficiency of job creation and investment leverage, and will be contextualized alongside traditional incentive programs. Data will be drawn from public documents, surveys and interviews with local and state officials, and policy staff in national and regional development associations. Lastly, models will be recommended for Michigan with guidance on projected costs, benefits, and outcomes.


Dayne WallingDayne Walling, 21Performance

Dayne Walling is manager of 21 Performance, a consulting company built on his professional experience as a public executive, social entrepreneur, and research fellow. He is the former Mayor of the City of Flint and under his leadership the city adopted its first comprehensive master plan in more than 50 years and developed collaborative initiatives in public safety, infrastructure, development and volunteerism. Dayne is also a prominent speaker and commentator on economic development, urban policy, and brownfield revitalization and has served on the Executive Committee of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and as the chairperson of the national Manufacturing Alliance of Communities. He holds degrees in social relations, modern history, and urban affairs and has completed doctoral work in geography. Dayne was a Rhodes and Truman scholar from Michigan State University's James Madison College and an Aspen Rodel fellow.

Abandonment, Revitalization, and Development